Treasure in the Arizona Mountains

Treasure in the Arizona Mountains

This video was made after hunting for a treasure from a story that was told to me by an old guy named John, who I mention in my book Random Tangents.
We will take you up on the Mogollon Rim, above Payson, Arizona, and tell the story and discuss where I have searched and where I still think the treasure could be.
The story takes place at the end of the civil war when two confederate soldiers stole a wagon and loaded 16 kegs of gold coins from a cache that was buried by the Confederate Army. Making their way across Arizona to join up with some Confederate sympathizers in California they were attacked by an Indian war party.
They headed into the mountains and buried the 16 kegs of coins before being killed by the Indians.
Years later, in 1935, two Mexican fellows hunting close to the Mogollon Rim Road happened to find the kegs only taking a few of the coins before covering them over again. Unfortunate circumstances kept them from ever coming back but one of them finally told the story 35 years later. Follow along with me as I attempt to find the treasure.

For more treasure stories you may enjoy my book, “Random Tangents: Embracing Adventures in Life”:


  1. Rockey Tellman on August 4, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Miller is directly related to Jesse.

  2. adamsby knoll on August 4, 2022 at 12:15 am

    I bet a man named Bill Carson had something to do with that wagon load of confederate gold

  3. tinman on August 4, 2022 at 12:15 am

    What’s that smell…. O πŸ‚β™‰ bullshit

  4. Frank Hartman on August 4, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Why is all of the treasure lost in Arizona? Can’t some be lost in my backyard!!

  5. Bret daCosta on August 4, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Actually it was the payroll for Fort Apache not confederate but Cavalry. Lieutenant Summerhayes was leading the first resupply mission on "Crooks Trail" from Camp Verde to Fort Apache. The year was 1874 and a wagon was lost over the cliffs when two mules separated from a team of six leaving four mules and a wagon to plummet over a cliff several hundred feet and not retrievable. This is documented in a book by Margaret Summerhayes called "Vanishing Arizona". Seems Margaret was fond of the mules a was saddened to hear four had perished along with a wagon. Not knowing at the time what was in the wagon she found it to be the wagon that held her fine china and silverware she had brought from New England. The wagon also carried the $3,000 plus payroll in $20 Gold Pieces and Silver Coins it also had a cargo of Winchester Repeater rifles.

  6. Trever Ray on August 4, 2022 at 12:18 am


  7. Rich on August 4, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Only one thing baffles me. Why only take 20 coins? Why not take as much as you can carry? Doesn’t make sense to me. Also wouldn’t there be records of a missing confederate shipment of gold? Just based on those two things I think he was just telling a good story.

  8. Bob Beach on August 4, 2022 at 12:19 am

    thanks again

  9. Raymond Michielini on August 4, 2022 at 12:24 am

    recently came upon your channel im loving these stories

  10. x7slim8x on August 4, 2022 at 12:27 am

    My stomping grounds

  11. magprob on August 4, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Excellent Story! Thanks.

  12. Roy Tallow on August 4, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Still out there ! πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

  13. Craig the Scott on August 4, 2022 at 12:30 am

    My great grandfather found Union Army treasure at Fort Lowell Tucson AZ back in the early 1900’s when the fort was still standing. My great grandfather found a 1865 Springfield 50-70 trapdoor rifle that was hidden up in the rafters. I still have it, it’s been in our family for over 100 years. It was missing the cleaning or ram rod and the bayonet. I located these original items and put them on the rifle up on the wall in my great room with a 1864 Ames wrist breaker sword.

  14. tom iden on August 4, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Any soldier would went for the high ground, look for the highest peak that gave them the best protection and view of their surrounding area.

  15. -AUsleuth on August 4, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I love this story! Seems to have alot of credibility from my research. If I’m not up there in the area in the spring and fall hunting mushrooms, them I’m metal detecting old homesites in this area. Thanks for all the great videos you have provided to light the spirit of exploration that’s in our DNA. On with the hunt!!!??

  16. Ken Rego on August 4, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Old News Bud ! Treasure was found and Sold to a Team in Germany for a Very Large Sum Of CASH! True Story

  17. Mr. Bill of course. on August 4, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Nobody hasn’t found John Mosby’s lost Confederate treasure here in Virginia either. Time to get my metal detector out and plane ticket to Flagstaff. Good story.

  18. Rhonda Christine The girls on August 4, 2022 at 12:34 am

    I still got the case when gpa went hunting in the 80s

  19. Charlie Laudico on August 4, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Love the area! I found numerous mines around that area!

  20. gomeljohn9 on August 4, 2022 at 12:37 am

    ANy update since 2020? I’ve been there numerous times. Crawfish out at Potato Lake. Interested if you hvae anything else on this treasure. I know better than to ask if you found it. πŸ˜‰

  21. Roy Rice on August 4, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Already found. They have just kept their mouths shut!! I don’t blame them! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  22. Rockey Tellman on August 4, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Greg, My family established "Miller" County, Missouri. True

  23. The Dude on August 4, 2022 at 12:39 am

    I’m calling bullshit on this one ..

  24. Perry Presley on August 4, 2022 at 12:39 am

    The confederate treasury went missing in Wilkes County Georgia at the end of the war. It has never been found.

  25. C on August 4, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Great story and not a disbeliever but if 16 barrels of gold were transported and hidden buy two people that would have to been a pretty monumentous feet right !

  26. David Windle on August 4, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Really nice story, if only I could find this outcrop!!!

  27. Riddle Gunner Manuel on August 4, 2022 at 12:44 am

    We already found the coins amigo

  28. Davey Bass on August 4, 2022 at 12:46 am

    I know this story. I lost my Dad, to la oro del diablo in 93.

  29. Zach Works on August 4, 2022 at 12:46 am

    A good tale well told! You had me running the math on the volume of Civil War-era powder kegs, the weight of gold coins, and how much a typical wagon could haul with the team you described. Thanks for the mental workout and the added excitement of the prospect of treasure to be found.

  30. Frank Salsa on August 4, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Sadly our stories will end and become obscure. Hopefully the new generation will rise and continue the lore of all our pasts.

  31. Steven Beach on August 4, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Good LUCK U ALL Happy Gold in Az..!!??!!

  32. UTuber on August 4, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Nice areas, that’s a huge area to search for some lost barrels of gold.

  33. Kenny Hawk on August 4, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Hey kinfolk lol. We may be related . People have asked me a long time am I related to Tony hawk πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  34. Brandon Musser on August 4, 2022 at 12:55 am

    man I miss living in strawberry and going up to Woods Canyon

  35. Steven School Alchemy on August 4, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Arizona is fun.

  36. Roderich Roby on August 4, 2022 at 12:56 am

    another Knights of the Golden Circle lost treasure story? Albert Pikes bankroll to resurrect the confederacy? Fascinating story in "Silent Sentinel" with the Cochoran coke ovens, Picket Post Mt., the Circle Stones in the east Supers. and the Peralta stone maps.

  37. jay gwilym on August 4, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Sergio Leon wrote this story

  38. brian massey on August 4, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Soo have you guys found anything? Whats an update on your searching. The Validity of the Gold Coins being there is what I really question bc if you truthfully think about it even if your talking about a lot of gold coins being there in existence you’d think that if they are gone you’d think that some were left over due to the size of the kegs and loseing some over the rim of the kegs when they were poured out to touch and look at. I’m just really in denial if they existed at all bc of finding none over the years. Even if you found one GD you could make something of it but nobody has found none since the story was told. Soo the genius of this story is the Kegs are buried and if they can be found. Do you think he got his directions mixed up with where he was when he found the Kegs of Gold? I just think they are in a different place from where he stated he was at.

  39. loaded fun on August 4, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Mr. Hawk…. Im hoping you carry a side iron on your excursions. You never know what wildlife or wild humans you may come across in dem der hills.

  40. Thunder Moon on August 4, 2022 at 1:01 am

    More money making up stories about treasure then the treasure itself. Good fairy tale

  41. Stacy S on August 4, 2022 at 1:01 am

    If the hoard is ever found, does the finder have legal right to the treasure?

  42. Mobsters Inc on August 4, 2022 at 1:02 am


  43. Yelena Baykova on August 4, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Just ordered your book! Looking forward to the stories πŸ˜ƒ

  44. george scott on August 4, 2022 at 1:04 am

    their horses probaly all died and they had to bury the gold==because they were mean to those horses back in those days

  45. John Ganshow on August 4, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Lost Dutchman of the Mogollon…

  46. kenneth johnson on August 4, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Lmao the reason it will never be found is because it never existed gold fever is supported now by a wise story / tale

  47. Frank Hartman on August 4, 2022 at 1:07 am

    There seems to be all kinds of lost gold in Arizona

  48. Dion Peek on August 4, 2022 at 1:08 am

    I was once working an old building in Missouri removing some bricks from an old chimney and I found a 1914 Indian head nickel and then I was able to retire

  49. Polymath Perspective on August 4, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Logically because there was so many kegs the place these are buried are in fact near a wagon trail or a road nowadays. People bury things near springs cause manual labor works up a sweat. It makes perfect sense that the spring is near a road. People camped at springs years ago and still do.

  50. Brandon Musser on August 4, 2022 at 1:13 am

    I grew up in strawberry wow I didn’t know there was any gold out there

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